Local News

  • Civil rights leader to speak at Dr. King celebration Monday

    John J. Johnson, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights executive director and well-known civil rights leader of over 40 years, will be the guest speaker at the Cynthiana-Harrison County NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday program. The public is invited to the free event, which will include a luncheon.

  • 1880 gold coin goes for $2,001

    Although he wants to remain anonymous, the generous bidder for the 1880s gold coin is standing behind his $2,001 offer.
    Kim Brooks, treasurer for the local Salvation Army is going to transfer the coin left in a bell ringer’s bucket sometime on Dec. 10 or 11 to the high bidder on Wednesday.
    The seven bids, coming from as far away as West Virginia, were opened Monday, Jan. 9, and ranged from the $800 minimum bid to the  winning $2,001. The closet bid to the winner was $1,100, said Darwin Root, organizer of the bell ringers for the Walmart stations.

  • 3 churches, 1 business burglarized

    One suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a Dec. 30 burglary at Cynthiana Baptist Church.
    Other church burglaries around the same time period continue under investigation with a person of interest to be interviewed on Wednesday.
    Sgt. Tim Wells of the Cynthiana Police Department arrested Benjamin Frizzell on Dec. 30 charging him with burglary and receiving stolen property.

  • 2012’s first

    There weren’t a lot of firsts associated with Kristi Perkins’ pregnancy and delivery. It was to be the fourth child for Kristi and her husband Daniel.
    However, Miranda Lee arrived as the first baby of 2012 at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
    “We were real surprised,” Daniel said of his fourth child and third daughter who was born at 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 2. “I thought there’d be three or four babies up here.”
    Delivered by Dr. Derek Clarke, Miranda Lee weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces and is 17.75 inches long.

  • Snowy weather impacts driving with 10 wrecks over holiday weekend

    After several holiday car accidents, law enforcement is encouraging all drivers to drive with precautions.
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, over 10 wrecks in the city and county have taken place during the holiday season.
    Deputy Steve McCauley said the snow increased the number of accidents dramatically.

  • Drowning victim will be buried Friday

    Visitation and funeral will be held Friday for a young man who drowned in the Licking River last Friday after falling into the rapidly churning water.
    Martin Antonio Martinez-Ortega and his brother, Ernesto, were dropped off at their Rocky Ford Road residence near Berry about 2:30 p.m. last Friday by their employer Jerry Dennis.
    According to Harrison County  Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, Martin was walking along the bank of the river and slipped in.

  • Grand jury issues 11 indictments in Tuesday session

    Ten suspects were named in 11 indictments issued by a Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.
    Six of those indictments were for drug-related offenses.
    Matthew Edmondson, 48, was named in a three-count indictment for two counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone, 10 or more dosage units), and persistent felony offender.
    The grand jury alleges that Edmondson transferred the Schedule II narcotic drugs to another person on Aug. 1 and Aug. 11.
    His bond is $10,000.

  • Stolen vehicle found torched on Mouth of Cedar

    A car fire near Wagner Chapel Road lead authorities to believe they found a vehicle that was reported stolen.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve McCauley, a call was made on Jan. 2, to report a vehicle on fire located on Mouth of Cedar Road, close to Wagner Chapel Road.
    “The car was completely destroyed in the fire,” said McCauley. “The aluminum wheels were melted so bad that they are just piles of metal now.”

  • Beckett Lane family loses everything in Monday fire

    A Monday afternoon fire left a family without a home for the new year.
    A call was made to dispatch around 12:30 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 2, for a house fire located at 58 Beckett Lane, near Eureka Road in northern Harrison County.
    According to Harrison County Fire Department Assistant Chief Wagner Perrin, the owners of the mobile home, Mike and Shelley Varax, were at work at the time of the fire.

  • HMH lab department earns CAP accreditation

    Harrison Memorial Hospital Laboratory, Cynthiana, has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.
    The laboratory’s medical director, Patrick C. Crowe, M.D., was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Harrison Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory Department is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.